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Cantey land grants in the Carolinas
Posted by: Caren Tidwell Date: May 24, 1999 at 18:55:51
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I posted this on the Jennings Forum. There seems to be some ties to John and James Cantey or Canty in South Carolina in the 1600 and 1700's. Does anyone recognize any of the following people and do they have ties to the Jenys/Jennings/Ginnings family.

Message Posted on the Jennings GenForum:

As we all know, several of us seem to be looking for their Jennings/Jenys/Ginnings line of the Carolina (North and South was
not divided in early days). I have come up of a few questions and wanted to know if anyone has any info on the following:

Yes, I'm still looking for my Noah Ginnings/Jennings son of James Ginnings/Jennings d. 1834 in Clarendon County, SC
supposed son of Henry Jennings d. 1822.

I have dug deep and wanted to know if any has any Jennings/Jenys/Ginnings connections to the Cantey family of SC. The info
that I have is as follows:
My Noah and his sisters Mary (Elijah F. Strong guardian) and Martha (married to James Ozburn) were defendants in a law suit
with Henry Kelly and his wife Ann. The dispute was over the land left by James Ginnings/Jennings in Clarendon County
(Sumter District) at a place called Sammy Swamp. This land contained about 300 acres originally granted to James Cantey.

Now through my digging I found the following:

That a Paul Jenys (my Henry spelled his name Henry Jenys). The following is what I have found:

Paul Jenys Colleton Co. 1732/32 (SC Archv: Index to Land Plats 1688-1787)

The first Act of creating a free school in Dorchester was passed in 1724. Ten years later, in 1734, another Act was passed.
Among the Commissioners named in the last Act were Paul Jenys and Arthur Middleton (SC Hist & Genreal Mag.:6-93)

Hon. Paul Jenys, Speaker of the Commons House of Assembly June 7, 1734

Paul Jenys, Spr. of Ye Assembly at Charlestown, had a grant of 500 acres made him October 2, 1735. Dead July, 1737
(Coulter & Saye: A List of the Early Settlers of Georgia, page 80).

Paul Jenys married 25 January 1735/36, Elizabeth Raven, widow Reg of St. Andrews Parish, Berkeley County, SC (SC Hist
& General Mag: 13-112). George Jenys, son of Paul and Elizabeth Jenys, Bapt. 3 January 1736. (A.S. Salley: Reg of St.
Phillip's Episcopal Chruch, Charleston, S.C. 1-77).

Paul Jenys, Justice of the Peace, 2 April, 1737, Berkely County, S.C. (S.C. Hist & General Mag.: 11-189).

Paul Jneys, Merchant of Charles Town, Prov. of SC signed will 7 July 1737 no pr. date, naming the following heirs:
wife (no name)
son Paul Jenys, 1/2 of my Mansion situated in Broad Street where in Mr. Chas. Shepherd, Vinter, now liveth".
son Thomas Jenys
son George Jenys
brother Thomas Jenys
friend: William Hopton and John Basnett
Exor: My beloved wife with my borther, Thomas Jenys
Witnesses: William Brisbane, John Willson, Mary Willson, William Hopton (Charleston County, SC: W-Bk 4, 1736-40, page

Elizabeth Jenys, widow, of Charles Town in Berkely County a deed from John Daniel and wife Sarah of Parish of St. Thomas
and St. Dennis, Berkeley County Prov. of SC signed March 21, 1739, tract of land whereon said John Daniels now dwell
situated on the Island known as Thomas or Daniels Island, containing by Estimation 700 acres bound on lands late in
possession of Mrs. Sarah Daniels and Richard Cofner. Wit.: Thomas Jenys, Chas. Pickney (Charleston County, SC: D-Bk.

Elizabeth Bedon, widow of Paul Jenys, Esq, then Elizabeth widow of William Raven: married 25 August 1748, John Gibbs.
(S.C. Hist. & General. Mag.: 12-83).

Thomas Jenys, of Charles Town, Merchant, signed will 19 October 1745 pr. 27 November, 1745:
Nephew: George Jennys
Niece: Mary Osler, L1000
Friend: Chas Pickney, Esq., L1000 Curr. money of SC
Friend: Andrew Rutledge, L1000
To: John Basnett, L150 and I desire that he may be continued to finish Jennys & Baker's Accounts
Exors: My sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs with my friends, Mr. Bransill Evance, Stephen Bedon, Jr. son of Stephen Bedon
of Charleston and my nephew, Paul Jennys.
Wit.: Edward Edger, Thos. Dake, Charleston County, SC: W-Bk: 6, 1747-52, page 440.

Walter Izard m. Elizabeth Gibbs, a daughter of John Gibbes, and at his death in 1759 without a will, the property passed to his
only living son, John Izard. During the life of John Izard a large addition was made to "Cedar Grove" of continguous lands under
the will of his cousin, Paul Jenys.

Paul Diston who married Elizabeth Turgis, had on April 13, 1710, received a grant for 110 acres and on May 25, 1711,
another grant for 196 acres to which seems to have been added 250 acres granted to Lady Elizabeth Blake October 6, 1704,
and also 100 acres granted John Boddican March 1, 1681, which seems to have been acquired by Lady Rebecca Axtell and
transferred to Thomas Diston. At Thomas Diston's death, the property passed to his son, Thomas Diston, Jr. The widow,
Elizabeth Diston married her second cousin, Paul Jenys, and had by him a son, Paul Jenys. Either during the life of Thomas
Diston or Paul Jenys, there seems to have been added to the property 200 acres granted to Andrew Percival 22 March, 1682,
and the remainder of the GRANT TO JOHN CANTEY (is the same Cantey family mentioned in my Jenys,Jennings,Ginnings
law suit over land?) less 298 acres sold to James Baker making in all 1,129 acres. Paul Jenys occupied the property until his
death in 1752, when he devised the property in case of the death of his infant son, George Jenys, to his cousins, Walter,
Thomas and John Izard and it finally vested in Walter and Elizabeth the daughter of the elder John, and on a settlement between
them the land became the property of Walter and passed to his only son, John. (SC Hist & Geneal. Mag.: 20-39).

Alexander Broughton to Nathaniel Broughton: Hon. Sir: I was very sorry to hear yesterday that you had a return to the disorder
in your head and that sister Jeny's (Henrietta Broughton Jenys) colick.

Henrietta Broughton married Paul Jenys whose will was pr. May 1, 1752. Her will mentions only Broughton relatives. She
appears to have left no children. (SC Hist & Geneal Mag.: 15-181).

Henrietta Jennys, Parish of St. Johns in Berkeley Co. Prov. of SC signed will 13 May 1758 Pr. February 16, 1759:
Brother: Nathaniel Broughton, 4 negroes, VIZ: Old Scipio, Sary, Young Toney & Anthony
Brother: Alexander Broughton, 1 negro slave, Young Simon
Niece: Charlotte, Daughter of Nathaniel Broughton
Niece: Sarah, daughter of my brother, Nathaniel Broughton
Niece: Mary, daughter of my brother, Alexander Broughton
Niece: Charlotte, daughter of my brother Alexander Broughton
Exors: My brothers, Nathaniel & Alexander Broughton, and my sister, Charlotte Izard.

There is also a Daniel Jennings, Director, National Branch Bank in Charlestown, SC in 1793 and he signed his will in
September 6, 1792 and proved before Henry Hamilton, Esq. Gov. of Island of Bermuda, Jan 22, 1794. Daniel heirs were wife
Elizabeth, son Henry (Do you know who this Henry's descendants are?) d. Ann Jennings and d. Mary Jennings.

All of the above Jennings had ties to Bermuda and Barbados including John Jennings that moved to PA. If your Jennings had
ties to these countries, please let me know. I feel sure that my Jennings/Jenys/Ginnings line is tied to these Jennings some how.

There are also pirates William and Henry Jennings in the 1600 and 1700's.
I also found in the minutes of the Jennings Family Association held at Nottoway Courthouse, Virginia on March 26, 1850 that
Robert Jennings of Manchester, Sumter District, SC was a son of William J. Jennings who was a son of Daniel Jennings who
was a son of Henry Jennings who came from England. Does anyone know who this Henry is?

Well, thanks for letting me ramble but I've been rambling and searching for so long that any attempt to tie my Jennings to a line
would very much please me and other Jennings (there are many lost Jennings cousins).
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Happy Hunting!


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